Everything you need to know about New York's tuition-free degree program, including eligibility requirements, how the program is implemented, and frequently asked questions.
Enabling Thousands of Students to Realize their Dream of a College Education
Begins in Fall 2017
The first-in-the-nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.
Crushing the Burden of Student Loans
Making New York State's public universities tuition-free will alleviate the financial stresses of student loans and put more New Yorkers on a path to financial security.
Promote On-Time Completion
By making college affordable, the Excelsior Scholarship Program will encourage more students to graduate on time and will grow the number of graduates from our public universities.